These two portraits are outtakes from an ongoing series I’ve been working on for the past few months in and around the capital, photographing the many men and women that comprise the human landscape of Hanoi. The idea was to have a different kind of visual history to show as the city moves towards its 1000-year anniversary in 2010. I’ve been busy with other work and projects, so this series has recently been put on a kind of hiatus. Hopefully that will change soon, particularly since I was only just starting to feel like the project was growing legs and beginning to resemble a cohesive body. For now I’m stuck looking at these alternate versions, revisiting old images and seeing how my reactions have changed to them. I like that both of the women are holding staffs: the older blind woman with her walking cane and the younger worker with a shovel for the pile of sand behind her. But that’s all. A quick parallel. And then it’s gone.
Stay tuned for deep red bars, corporate portraits, whimsical street shots and maybe an art opening or two in the near future.